The reignited striker has been impressive since joining West Ham United on loan
The English front man has regained his place in the national team’s 11 after seeing his move to London Stadium earn him 9 goals in 10 appearances.
Lingard reveals he almost gave up on football back at Old Trafford when he was a constant partaker of the bench game in game out.
Coupled with his mum’s depression, the 28-year-old almost called it an end during the lockdown period.
Speaking to reporters on the issue, Lingard said; “I could have easily quit in lockdown.
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“I could have been like, ‘nah, I don’t want to do it, I quit, I give up’.
“Not quit football [completely], just have a timeout, really. I was going into games happy sitting on the bench, and that’s not me.
“My mind wasn’t there, I wasn’t focused at all.
“But the fight in me always brings me back to life.
“I was thinking about other things, and obviously bottling it all up trying to play football, you’re tense, you’re stressed and you can’t do it.
“There were some days where I used to have a game at 8pm and we’d go to the hotel in the afternoon, I’d sleep from two until four, shut my curtains in the dark, and then wake up in the dark, and you don’t get any sunlight.
“So I was advised by the doctors, as soon as you get up in the morning, jump out of bed, open the curtains and even the little things can really change your attitude.
“I opened up to United and told them what I was going through, what my mum was going through, and they’re always there to help.
“I’ve had other doctors that have helped which has been brilliant and, during the lockdown, I got my head together.
“I feel lockdown has transitioned me in a way. I watch my old games back, the World Cup games and the old games I used to play, and I think, ‘yeah, that’s the real Jesse Lingard’.”
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